Have We Met: Dialogues on Memory and Desire draws inspiration from Ann Arbor’s legacy of social movements (Anti-War Movement, Civil RightsMovements) and experimental art practices (The Once Group) from the late-1950s to the 1970s as its point of departure. It brings together archival materials and reproductions from the Labadie Collection and the Bentley Library in conjunction with radical artworks by diverse, multi-generational artists and designers whose works are deeply influenced by the ideas of freedom and self-determination, re-writing the canonical accounts of history, building contemporary culture, and solidarity. Have We Met? Dialogues on Memory and Desire retraces and learns from the models of collectivity and organizing developed by artists, designers, and cultural producers in the past and present as a lens to understand the contemporary moment and explore how can we re-imagine a vibrant and inclusive future.
The opening reception will take place on Friday, September 21, 6–8 pm. A panel discussion titled Looking Back/Moving Forward: Activating the Archive and Documenting a Movement will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2–4 pm.
Have We Met? includes a full roster of talks, panels, Q&As, tours, workshops, and a family day. For details, visit stamps.umich.edu/havewemet.
Artists: Rudolf Baranik, Stephanie Dinkins, Emory Douglas, Brendan Fernandes, Chitra Ganesh, Carole Harris, Maren Hassinger, Al Loving, Josh MacPhee, Native Art Department International, Michele Oka Doner, Yoko Ono, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Martha Rosler, Buster Simpson, Gregory Sholette, Leni Sinclair, Stephanie Syjuco, Graem Whyte, and Zafos Xagoraris.
Curated by Srimoyee Mitra.
Have We Met? Dialogues on Memory and Desire is a For Freedoms Federation exhibition.
Save the Date: Symposium on November 9–10, 2018
Talking About a Revolution: Art, Design & the Institution is a two-day symposium that will explore the role(s) of art, design, and the art institution in effecting social and political change.